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    • Abrielle
    • By Abrielle 17th May 17, 11:35 AM
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    Defrosting freezers
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    Defrosting freezers 17th May 17 at 11:35 AM
    Just out of interest, how often do you defrost your freezer(s)?😀
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    • Hobsons Choice
    • By Hobsons Choice 17th May 17, 11:41 AM
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    I don't have a set routine, it's just "as and when". Must confess I put it off as much as possible! Fortunately I have another small freezer in the garage so just transfer everything to that and use a hairdryer to defrost the one in the kitchen.
    Normal people worry me.
    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 17th May 17, 11:43 AM
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    When it needs it - i.e. when the ice starts to build to a level that the drawers become difficult to slide in and out. I guess on average it'll be about every 4 or 5 months or so for me, but it's going to vary depending on the style and make of the freezer, how often the door is opened, how humid the environment is, etc.
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    • Art Deco
    • By Art Deco 17th May 17, 11:48 AM
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    Should do it more often but because we only have a 3 drawer freezer and its a nightmare trying to get everything back in before it starts defrosting i tend to wait till November time so its nice for Xmas food.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th May 17, 11:52 AM
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    I'm about to do mine for the first time. 2 drawers, I bought it 3 years ago. The top basket's now sticking ... and I've been sort of running the freezer down for weeks/months.... but now it's reached critical so I'll be doing it next month as I can't eat it all faster than that

    I've never actually defrosted one before, so not sure what to expect.....
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 17th May 17, 12:14 PM
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    I've been sort of running the freezer down for weeks/months....I've never actually defrosted one before, so not sure what to expect.....
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    If you stack all the food in a pile and wrap it with a winter duvet it will stay cold for plenty long enough to defrost (the bigger the pile the slower it will thaw). Be careful with hairdryers, they can melt/warp the lining of the freezer, I stand some oven trays full of boiling water in the freezer and close the door for 15 mins. Make sure you have plenty of old towels to hand to mop the meltwater off the floor. A plastic scraper will help get the ice off, but make sure it is soft enough not to scratch (mine came with the freezer).
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    • By PasturesNew 17th May 17, 12:18 PM
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    If you stack all the food in a pile and wrap it with a winter duvet it will stay cold for plenty long enough to defrost (the bigger the pile the slower it will thaw). Be careful with hairdryers, they can melt/warp the lining of the freezer, I stand some oven trays full of boiling water in the freezer and close the door for 15 mins. Make sure you have plenty of old towels to hand to mop the meltwater off the floor. A plastic scraper will help get the ice off, but make sure it is soft enough not to scratch (mine came with the freezer).
    Originally posted by jack_pott
    I thought I'd chuck a blue/plastic "freezer bag pack" thing into the freezer to freeze it, then put that into a cool bag with any final items I hadn't eaten and put the whole cool bag in the fridge.... and the fridge will also be pretty much empty. There's rarely much in my fridge really - usually just a tub of marg and a pack of cheese.

    Then I'd turn the whole thing off at the wall ... and, I'd use jugs of boiling water etc.... and pace back/forth for 4-5 hours while it did its thing. No doubt I'll get bored though and "want to fiddle" and I'd use a wooden spatula to poke bits
    • Livelongandprosper
    • By Livelongandprosper 17th May 17, 1:14 PM
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    I do my garage one over night in the winter

    It's cold enough out there that any food which won't fit in the inside one doesn't defrost, but warm enough that any build up of ice is easily scraped off in the morning

    The inside one is frost free. Now and then I get some build up of ice if door hasn't been closed properly, a warm cloth usually gets rid of that
    • Linda32
    • By Linda32 17th May 17, 1:32 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 1:32 PM
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    Our fridge freezer in the kitchen is frost free and has stayed that way so far. We have a table top freezer in the garage. I take the plug out and come back about 1/2 hour later when the ice has fallen off and just scrape it out.
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 17th May 17, 3:38 PM
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    If you stack all the food in a pile and wrap it with a winter duvet it will stay cold for plenty long enough to defrost (the bigger the pile the slower it will thaw). Be careful with hairdryers, they can melt/warp the lining of the freezer, I stand some oven trays full of boiling water in the freezer and close the door for 15 mins. Make sure you have plenty of old towels to hand to mop the meltwater off the floor. A plastic scraper will help get the ice off, but make sure it is soft enough not to scratch (mine came with the freezer).
    Originally posted by jack_pott

    i was trying to run mine down to defrost, but as my sister said 'if you try that you'll never defrost it'
    she said bag it up. wrap in duvet and get bowls of boiling water into it. so very much as poster above.
    is a job for Friday for me
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